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Budget Message from Michael Mulgrew

Call or fax Albany to protect classrooms!

Budget talks in Albany are coming down to the wire.

Governor Paterson reconvened the State Legislature this week for a special session to close a midyear deficit of over $3 billion, and under consideration is a $223 million cut to New York City schools. Legislators will make a decision on a deficit reduction plan in a matter of days.

The UFT is prepared to work with lawmakers to meet the challenge. We have proposed alternative budget cuts that will help us get us through the immediate crisis. But we say
NO to cuts to the classroom and direct services to the classroom
.

We need you to once again call or fax your local senator and assembly member and tell them: Protect the classroom!

Call the state Assembly at 518-455-4100, between 8 a.m. and midnight, Monday through Friday, and ask to speak to your local assembly member.

Don’t know who your assembly member is? Look it up here.

Call the state Senate at 518-455-2800, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and ask to speak to your local senator.

Don’t know who your state senator is? Look it up here.

Send another fax to your state representatives to drive home the message that classrooms must be shielded. Go here to send a fax to Albany.

Urge your state legislators to protect classrooms from midyear cuts!

Sincerely,

Michael Mulgrew
UFT President

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1 Comment:

  • 1 Phyllis C. Murray
    · Nov 16, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Today, the UFT strongly opposes proposed midyear education budget cuts that would drastically affect the classrooms. Therefore P.S. 75X UFTers have already sent over 100 letters to NYS Legislators expressing their concerns.
    And I quote:

    “While aware of the state’s dire fiscal condition and its need to reduce spending, it is terribly unfair to ask children to bear the brunt of these cuts. Our children have struggled to overcome years of inadequate education funding and we are only beginning to move in the right direction. Imposing the type of severe cuts that are being proposed now would seriously undermine that progress and set our children back.

    Making matters worse, implementing such cuts at the midpoint of the school year would mean dismantling existing programs and reorganizing classes, which would be particularly disruptive for students.

    We all worked hard to find alternative revenues and other smart solutions this past spring, which helped immensely towards bridging the budget gap. With your help, we can do it again and avoid cuts to schools. Remember — Cuts are a Failing Formula!”

    John Hendrik Clarke said, “History is a clock. It tells us where we are, but more importantly, what we must be.’ If we are the union, we must continue to fight for equity for all. And as New Yorkers, we must continue to keep the pressure on legislators from Albany, New York to Washington, DC. Our quest must be to secure public schools that reflect democracy in action because… the children are waiting. They are waiting for their only chance to get the education they deserve.

    Phyllis C. Murray, UFT Chapter Leader
    District 8